#LiveWireSA Ambassador diaries: Mondli Msani - Electricity infrastructure left incomplete

The contractor who left without completing the ifrastructure.

The contractor who left without completing the ifrastructure.

Thembelihle was finally granted the benefit of being the beneficiary of the most needed infrastructure (electric).


In  late 2014 the government implemented that all the informal settlements must get electric installations and Thembelihle automated to be one of the beneficiaries. Therefore the City Power was hosting the installations that are to done in Thembelihle. City Power hired 3 contractors after the bidding process. Tshepang electrical services, Akula & Maziya electrical services. Akula is the first contractor to begin the installation process followed by Tshepang a few months later. And Lastly Maziya came into place to hold the last section of the place.

Some material that the contractors have left behind.

Some material that the contractors have left behind.


Akula however seemed to be dragging feet in the installations process as its workload was always behind schedule compared to the contractors who came after . However their (Akula) infrastructure was carried out improper as they ignored some safety measures of installing the house hold cables. The placed the cable without the protection plastic bolt to protect the cables from getting cut. On the other hand Tshepang used the protection plastic bolts. The solar panels said to also supply households is only supplying streetlights. 

Some of the poles are missing electric wires.

Some of the poles are missing electric wires.

The contractor has left (Akula) an incomplete infrastructure behind. This is whereby we as community members suspect that Akula did not fulfill the tender specification specified on the bidding applications. Because the contractor left several streets without any streetlights installed. One of the street whereby the 2 areas that Akula and Tshepang work on meet. It is a street that mediate the boundary of the 2 contractors areas. That street has been left out with only one block  with street lights. The rest of the blocks around 19 are left with no streetlights at all. Making 95 % of the street to be dark at night. This is a street  known as a hot spot for thugs that loot people. Yet when looking at other sides there are large gaps between the streetlights whereby it makes dark spots at night while others light adequately. Thembelihle is left with such inadequacy of electric infrastructure with no knowledge of whether will it be rectified or will it be there for all eternity. 

The rest of the street in that direction has no street light making it a criminal hotspot.

The rest of the street in that direction has no street light making it a criminal hotspot.

All in all to wrap this up. It is clear that no transparency has been reflected to the community from the contractor. The local municipality did play their role of transparency by telling the community what are the specifications expected for us to receive from the contractor. Gas cylinders for us to use  as an alternative source of energy. Solar panels that are to supply households. And the electric meter in the normal electric supply source.  But residents can only confirm that they got only 1 item from what had been specified in the public meeting.

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